Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 17, 2011

Chances for long-term FAA funding bill seen as bleak
The Washington Post
Prospects that Congress will resolve a bitter deadlock over long-term federal funding for aviation this year are slim, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV warned. "We cannot continue on this disastrous path, but we do stand on the precipice of losing another FAA reauthorization bill this year," Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said in addressing the Aero Club of Washington, an aviation industry group. "We're willing to do what we have to do, but on the other side of the building there's no movement and no give. Once again we are stalled."More

TSA makes major changes to airport security ahead of busy travel season
Fox News
More than 23 million passengers are expected at the nation's airports during the Thanksgiving travel season, and to make travel a little less hectic, the federal Transportation Security Administration is showcasing some major changes to airline security. In one key change, kids 12 and younger won't need to take off their sneakers at the screening check points. Although that change has been in place for a couple of months, the Thanksgiving rush is its first major test. More

US still grappling with 100 percent air cargo screening
USA Today
More than a year after the deadline Congress set for screening all air cargo on passenger planes, the Transportation Security Administration still isn't checking all the cargo arriving aboard international flights. The gap in screening increasingly alarms lawmakers because bombs have been smuggled aboard planes, including explosives found a year ago in printer cartridges heading for Chicago synagogues in two air shipments from Yemen.More

Lawmakers introduce compromise 'minibus' spending bill
The Hill
House and Senate appropriators released a compromise spending "minibus" that combines three of the 12 annual appropriations bills and a temporary spending bill to fund the rest of the government through Dec. 16. The bill is the first conferenced spending bill to go through Congress since 2009. All funding in 2011 was determined through catch-all continuing resolutions. For fiscal 2012, which began Oct. 1, Congress has yet to pass any of the regular bills. More

High cost makes aviation biofuel slow to take off
Biofuel-powered airliners shuttled passengers across the United States for the first time this week, carrying with them the dream of more sustainable aviation fuel. But so far the promise of greener aviation remains elusive, and the industry concedes it is years away from making a significant dent in the billions of gallons airlines consume each year. More

DFW rolls out touch-screen maps, app to help travelers navigate airport
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Holiday travelers passing through Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will find technology "gifts" spread throughout its terminals, airport officials said. DFW has stationed large boxes bearing Microsoft Tag codes around the airport. When the code is scanned with a mobile phone, it provides access to coupons and discounts at airport restaurants and retailers. More

John Wayne Airport's new terminal opens, minus baggage-handling
The Los Angeles Times
After five years in the works, officials at John Wayne Airport on Monday opened a new multimillion-dollar terminal. But there was one problem: The baggage-handling system wasn't working. Passengers who arrived at Terminal C were greeted with signs saying they had to check in their luggage next door at Terminal B. Airport staff were also waiting for passengers in the new parking structure, where they informed people of the breakdown. Travelers with carry-on baggage were not affected. More

EU adopts guidelines on airport body scanners to protect privacy
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The European Union adopted new guidelines on using body scanners at airports, hoping to address the privacy concerns that have delayed their implementation across the continent. Siim Kallas, the EU commissioner responsible for transport, said under the rules the technology will only be used with strict safeguards to protect health and fundamental rights. More

Another airport to bear Reagan's name?
USA Today
There soon may be a second Reagan airport, though it wouldn't be an easy destination for most Americans to fly to. The airport would be in Lithuania, where officials say they're considering adding the late U.S. president's name to their local Siauliai International Airport near the small Lithuanian city of Siauliai. More

Fraport CEO eyes airports in Turkey, Puerto Rico
German airport operator Fraport is interested in airport privatizations in Puerto Rico and Turkey, Chief Executive Stefan Schulte said. "We're on the short-list for Puerto Rico and will be getting involved in the privatization of Izmir in Turkey," Schulte told journalists. More

ACC thanks you for your feedback
Thank you to all who took the opportunity at the 33rd ACC Annual Conference & Exposition to submit their testimonials of how ACC helps your businesses succeed. These small comments are an important way for ACC to see what we do well and what we can improve to continue serving a crucial role in the airport development industry. 2012 ACC Board of Directors Chair Courtney A. Beamon with Delta Airport Consultants randomly selected a winner of a Kindle Fire from the responses during the conference's closing remarks. Congratulations to Paul Bowers of Airport Improvement magazine! More

ACRP Impacts on Practice - November 2011: Traumatic Event Assistance for Aviation Employees
The latest issue of TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Impacts on Practice highlights information included in ACRP Report 22: Helping Airport and Air Carrier Employees Cope with Traumatic Events that is described as "critical" by Hilary Fletcher, former County Manager for Pitkin County, Colo.More

Expanding the Benefits of Aviation: Answering Key Challenges
A featured article in the September-October 2011 issue of the TR News examines key challenges to the aviation system including new air traffic control technologies, sustainability, alternative fuels, security, and economics. More

Research Pays Off: Better Communication to Mitigate Complaints About Aircraft Noise: Initiatives at San Diego International Airport
Airports across the country are experiencing increases in complaints about aircraft noise from residents outside the federally defined, impacted area, determined by a noise contour of 65 DNL (day–night average noise level). Research conducted under TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has identified best practices for airports in communicating with residents affected by aircraft noise.More